— End $479 mn US Army contract: Microsoft employees to CEO Nadella —
Over 100 Microsoft workers have written to CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith demanding cancellation of a $479-million US Army contract for Microsoft’s HoloLens technology. Arguing the technology works by turning warfare into a simulated ‘video game’, the employees said they didn’t sign up to develop weapons. The contract’s objective is to use technology to train soldiers, they added.
— Twitter CEO to not attend parliament panel meet on Monday —
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will not attend BJP leader Anurag Thakur-headed parliamentary panel meeting, which was rescheduled to February 25. The February 11 meeting on “safeguarding citizens’ interests” following anti-right-wing bias allegations on Twitter was postponed after Dorsey failed to appear, citing “short notice”. Twitter said its public policy head Colin Crowell will attend the meeting.
— PETA criticises Google Doodle on Steve Irwin, faces backlash —
Animal rights organisation PETA faced heavy backlash after criticising a Google Doodle that honoured late Steve Irwin, nicknamed ‘The Crocodile Hunter’. “Steve Irwin was killed while harassing a ray…It’s harassment to drag exotic animals…around from TV shows to conferences & force them to perform,” PETA had tweeted. The Doodle marked the Australian conservationist’s 57th birth anniversary.
— BJP MP-led panel summons officials of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram —
The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology, led by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, has summoned representatives of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. The panel said it would hear their views on “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms” on March 6. The panel previously summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to appear on Monday to discuss the same topic.
— We are very aware of iPhone pricing concerns: Apple COO —
Apple COO Jeff Williams, who was speaking at America’s Elon University last week, said the company is “very aware” of concerns over pricing of iPhones and other devices. “The stories that come out about the cost of our products [have been] the bane of my existence,” he said. Williams argued that analysts don’t understand the cost of what Apple does.